Troubled Teen Warning Signs

Troubled Teen Warning Signs

California therapeutic boarding schools for troubled teensDoes Your Child Need to Attend a Therapeutic Boarding School?

Mark the current behaviors and attitudes below that are true about your child, then add them up. See the scoring at the bottom.
__ Your child’s choices and behaviors have become in opposition to your family values.
__ Your child has ever been suspended, expelled or had multiple unexcused absences from school.
__ He/She has been verbally abusing you or someone in your family.
__ He/She or she is associating with a bad peer group.
__ He/She has lost interest in things he once loved (sports, academics, clubs).
__ He/She avoids (or acts disgusted by) participation in family outings and responsibilities.
__ He/She has had legal troubles due to misbehavior or poor choices.
__ You feel held hostage by him or her, or are always walking on pins and needles when around him.
__ You are concerned your child will not graduate high school, let alone achieve a good grade point average.
__ He/She seems depressed, anxious or withdrawn, rarely coming out of his/her bedroom.
__ His/Her hygiene has gone down hill — far outside of your family’s standards.
__ He/She seems much more aggressive and in your face.
__He/She has become manipulative or deceitful, or has lost his/her moral compass.
__He/She has at some time been the victim of bullies or has become a bully himself.
__ Lying and blame shifting is used as a means to avoid accountability and consequences.
__ You have concerns for your child’s safety or well-being.
__ Your child’s temper or angry outbursts have caused problems in the home or at school.
__ He struggles with self-esteem and/or self-worth and often says, “I don’t care.”
__ You have lost trust in your child (to leave him home alone, to use your car or valuables).
__ He/She engages in activities outside the bounds of your family values.
__ He/She or she is experimenting with or using illegal or unsafe drugs and/or alcohol.
__ You often feel ineffective when dealing with your child (nothing seems to help).
__ No matter what rules and consequences you’ve set in, he/she ignores and/or defies them.
__ Resulting from his/her actions, you are worn out, always on edge, and your family life is in chaos.
__ You are worried for your child’s future, and sometimes wonder if he/she will even survive.

__ TOTAL  (if your total is more than 9, your child is at a high risk of failure and self-destruction)

If there are red flags, listen to these warnings. It’s time to step it up; not step away. Do not put your head in the sand hoping things will be okay. Listen to your own instincts. If you think you need to take action, you probably do. Trust yourself. Be the safeguard your teen can count on.

Some of the more common signs that a child needs help:

• He/She defies instruction openly and can become verbally abusive and physically violent when confronted
• He/She has run away from home and/or stays out for long periods at a time
• He/She experiments with alcohol, tobacco or other harmful or illegal substances
• He/She has sexually promiscuous behavior
• He/She has problems at school and with school authorities (fights, poor grades, etc:)
• He/She or she is or has been in trouble with the law
• He/She has participated in vandalism or damage of property
• He/She steals money or things
• He/She has changed his/her/regular group of friends or has become socially withdrawn
• He/She has sudden and radical mood changes you have not seen before, or he/she seems to lack empathy for others, and cares about little of anything of importance.


A boarding school provides stability – a set routine, academic tutoring, socialization, and intensive therapy – all in a single package. The staff are highly trained professionals with combined decades of experience working with troubled youth, involved in a multitude of struggles. They include teachers, tutors, psychologists, psychiatrists, medical staff, activity coordinators, and administrators.

Teachers are ready to work one on one with your teen to get them back on track with school, and even surpass their wildest expectations. Activity coordinators will introduce your child to new hobbies that can help them cope with emotional turmoil and stress. Counselors can help your teen to understand the source of their behavior and give them the tools to move forward.

Best of all, a residential treatment center is secure. You can rest easy knowing where your teen is at all times, and that they are in the hands of well trained staff that can handle anything. The safe environment will also help them to feel taken care of, removing some of the fear and anxiety that they may feel at home.


We carefully research and visit hundreds of teen programs, schools and academies, so we know what they have to offer. We also get feedback from the parents we have worked with who are dealing first-hand with these schools and the work the do with their child.  We will work with you at length, to help you find the best fit for your child, your situation and your budget.

If you wish to have your child in a program that teaches discipline and/or helps improve your child’s academics, we have many to recommend. Or, if your son or daughter is just beginning the downward spiral or completely out of control, we will direct you to the appropriate program.  We work with dozens of schools and programs that work with teens who have ADD, ADHD, ODD, depression, drug experimentation, drug and alcohol abuse, defiance, rebellion, anxiety learning difficulties, credit recovery, or bad grades.  Whatever your situation, we can connect you with an appropriate program or resources.

We’ll help you find the best military school, boarding school, therapeutic program, wilderness program or boys ranch, and totally without charge.

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Should you need help finding boarding schools, boarding schools for troubled boys, boarding schools therapeutic or teen boarding schools, please let us know. We will help you find the right therapeutic boarding school for your troubled teen, with counseling and therapy. We serve teens from the southeast and southwest, including troubled teens in Texas and in California. We help teens in California, Oregon, Washington State, Nevada and Arizona. Check the current behaviors, actions and attitudes below that are true about your troubled child for an online analysis – we can also help you find best boarding schools, therapeutic boarding schools, boys homes, and boys homes.

Troubled Teen Warning Signs - California's Best Boarding Schools for Troubled Teenagers

Check the current behaviors, actions and attitudes below that are true about your troubled child for an online analysis

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